Oak Park child care worker charged with aggravated battery
OAK PARK, Ill. – Authorities in Oak Park, Ill., say they have charged a child care worker with aggravated battery after an incident Wednesday in which an eight-month old child sustained injuries.
According to a statement by Oak Park police, Karelia Michelle Montenegro, 35, of the 1300 block of south 50th Avenue in Cicero, was charged after surveillance video showed what appeared to be her force-feeding the infant at Oak Park Montessori.
The child allegedly suffered a tear to the esophagus which required emergency surgery to repair.
Police said they first learned of the incident after a hospital official called 911 around midnight Wednesday to report a possible child abuse incident.
The child was transported to Lurie’s Children’s Hospital and is expected to stay there for the next few days to recover.
Montenegro’s bond was set at $50,000. According to police, she is at home under electronic monitoring.
She is due in court again Dec. 10.